Turpin Spartans Eliminated in Sectional Finals

Posted on: March 3, 2021

Co ECC Champs Turpin was defeated once again in the Sectional Championship game this time by the #2 ranked team in the State, the St. X Bombers.  Turpin found themselves down early 16-4. The Spartans battled to cut the lead to 3 in the 3rd quarter but ultimately lost 64-49. The Spartans first 6 points came via the free throw line from Dom Cantrella, Theisen Lee and Matt Johnson.  Jarin Terhorst scored the first Spartan basket to cut the Bombers lead to 16-8.  After 2 more free throws from Brady Hardewig the Spartans trailed 16-10 at the end of the 1st quarter.

Hardewig opened up the 2nd quarter with a tough pull up jumper then Cantrella hit a jumper of his own to cut the St. X lead to 18-14.  Ethan Zinn hit a much needed 3 point basket to end an 8-0 Bomber run.  Deven Marathe got into the scoring column with a nice drive and finish at the rim.  After an offensive rebound Theisen Lee assisted to Terhorst for 2.  Cantrella then hit a tough 2 point basket before halftime as Turpin trailed 33-23 at the intermission.

Hardewig hit back to back 3 point baskets to open the 2nd half and then made 2 free throws to score 8 straight Spartan points.  Cantrella scored another tough basket to pull the Spartans within 4 points at 37-33.  Back to back lay ups from Zinn and Lee got the Spartans even closer to the Bombers 40-37.  After 2 St. X free throws, the Spartans trailed 42-37 at the end of the 3rd quarter.  

St. X opened the 4th quarter on a 7-0 run.  Cantrella scored 2 consecutive baskets to get the deficit back to single digits at 9.  Another 5-0 Bomber run built the lead to 16 at 58-42.  Turpin would not go down without a fight as Hardewig again hit back to back 3 point baskets to trim the St. X lead to 58-48.  However, those were the Spartans last two baskets as Turpin would go down in defeat 64-49.  

Turpin was led in scoring by Brady Hardewig with 19 points.  Dom Cantrella scored 12 points.  Ethan Zinn added 5 points while Theisen Lee and Jarin Terhorst each chipped in 4 points.

Turpin finished with a 14-8 overall record while playing one of the toughest non-league schedules in the city!  The seniors will be missed for sure but it is now up to the underclassmen to continue the hardwood success!